Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Guide to British University Admissions

If you have just finished Year 12, the stress and strains of final exams have been and gone, but there’s no time for a backpacking tour of Asia just yet, as you must negotiate the university entrance process. If you are yet to reach your final year of high school, the following information will help make the university admission process smooth and successful.

The Right Path

In the UK, university admission must go through the Universities and Colleges Admission Services (UCAS), and to apply, you must visit the UCAS website and fill in the online admissions form. Bearing in mind, you are not the only young hopeful with their eyes on the prize, it pays to do this well in advance. Before any attempt at admission application, you must first register your details with UCAS, and for clearing in 2017, you would need to apply as soon as the university clearing opens, and before you apply to UCAS, you need to determine what course(s) you are going to take.

Choice of Courses

There are more than 100,000 courses available at British universities, and a great deal of thought should go into this selection, as you will be spending the next four years learning the finer points. If you studied in a UK school, the chances are you would have experienced career counselling, which all schools would introduce at around Year 9, and this should help a student to identify their interest areas. Even at such an early age, it is prudent to think about career choices, as Years 11 and 12 can be tailored to your subjects of choice. Once you have selected a course, take note of its unique UCAS number, as you will require this when applying for admission.

Choice of Universities

Once you have selected your preferred course(s), the next stage is to think about universities, and there are many things to consider. The location, or distance from your home, would be a major factor, as would the size of the university, and the resources it has on offer, and then there is the university’s league table position, which is an excellent performance benchmark.

Limited Choices

A student can choose five courses to be studied at one university, or 5 different university choices for a single course, and most students would prioritise and use all 5 choices. If you are fortunate, your first choice will be available, however, by naming another 4, you still have options, whereas if you had only applied to a single location and been unsuccessful, you would have to start the whole procedure again.

Fill in the Admission Forms

A single form is used for all five choices, and you will be given the opportunity to write a personal statement at this point, and in the event your preferred course proves popular, it might come down to the personal statement, so take your time and compile something positive about yourself.

Planning and preparation will ensure that you don’t get left behind, and as soon as clearing opens, you will be able to quickly make your application and hopefully, your first choice university will be happy to accept you.

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